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Politics is always horrible, with the Brexit Comedy Show grabbing most of the headlines these days, along with Trump Mania and The Hong Kong Theatre presentation of Rule Britannia Again Please! I sometimes wonder how stupid people can be, then I remember what George Carlin once said: “Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.” And there are plenty of large groups around these days.
One of the groups growing rather quickly is the neo-fascist group. Now I use the “neo” prefix because they seem to be new to our era, but their ideas are very old and go back to the early 20th century, to Mussolini and General Franco and the old oligarchs who wanted to have complete control of the economy. If you like, though everyone describes World War Two as a war of ideologies, democracy versus authoritarianism, you could also describe it as a war between rival capitalist oligarchs who want their group (of stupid people) to dominate the world economy.
Oligarchs controlled the German and Italian and Spanish economies, as did the Party oligarchs in the Soviet Union and China and Japan. The oligarchs in the USA saw the war as a great opportunity to get rid of the creeping democracy that had been forced onto Roosevelt. As soon as the old man died, they began their efforts to take over again, and now they are in the final stages of the push, with Big Data leading the way.
Camille Paglia is back to talk about Provocations. Why? Well because I really think people should listen to what she has to say.
And all the music is by Nelson, Otis, Lefty, Charlie T., Lucky, Spike, Clayton, Muddy and Boo, collectively known as the Traveling Wilburys.
In the second hour:
Well, I guess that was it for summer. The chill and the rain is back, and so, by the way, is the male blackbird. He is very skittish, but I saw him snag a very long worm the other day, so I guess he’s gonna be OK.
Camille Paglia continues to teach us how to think critically about everything. George Carlin disguises wisdom with comedy and of course the Traveling Wilburys bring more happy music to our ears.